No kidding a kidder.

by Em (marmite)   Sep 23, 2019

You say 'I'm fine'
(words I've used often
with the same blank stare)
as you fight demons
that claw away
in every inch of your mind

making your pretence real,
your smile brighter but
people who've been at
rock bottom see straight through it…

There's no kidding a kidder,
they say and
fortunately for you,
I'm the biggest kidder there is.



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  • 4 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    So hard-hitting in its honesty. I was JUST having this conversation, about wanting to be really heard that when I say "I'm fine", it's usually me trying to put up a wall. I know others can't be mind-readers, and we try and try to convince ourselves that we don't need to let others know or don't need their support, but you're right. Those who have seen and been at rock bottom know better.

    Sometimes we need to be heard through every "I'm okay" or "don't worry about me", when really, our heart is screaming out.

  • 4 months ago

    by Brenda

    Very relatable Em, kindred spirits always know..hugs you-

  • 4 months ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Em, I could really relate to this. It takes one to know one and it's often easy to recognise another who has been through something similar - like a peculiar and unwanted kinship.
    Nominated :-) x

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